Mission Letter 3-24-14
A Brightness of Hope
In chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel – Christlike Attributes, we learn about hope.
“Hope is an abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises to you. It is manifest
in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance. It is believing and
expecting that something will occur. When you have hope, you work through trials
and difficulties with the confidence and assurance that all things will work together
for your good. Hope helps you conquer discouragement.” Preach My Gospel, p 117.
I have found it that as my faith increases so does my hope and as my hope increases,
so does my hope. They go hand in hand one helping the other to grow as we come
to realize the importance of what we do and what our purpose is as servants of the
Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul teaches us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of thing
not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) So, the substance of all the things which we hope for
is what makes up our faith. What a marvelous manifestation and insight to this
Christlike attribute is given to us by Paul. Having a greater substance of all the thing
that we hope for will help our faith to increase.
In the 13th
we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is
anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these
Hope is therefore worth seeking after. Hope has given me the ability to believe even
more. At times when hope was waning or not existent in my life, I found that I was a
miserable and lost soul. When I focused on hoping for things to get better whether
it was illness, results from sin, trials and tribulations, at that moment when I began
to regain lost hope, things became brighter and my attitude towards all things
changed. I needed to focus on hoping for things that mattered – not for things of the
world but for things that would fortify and strengthen my soul.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell former member of the Quorum of the Twelve said the
following about hope:
“Real hope keeps us “anxiously engaged” in good causes even when these appear to
be losing causes on the mortal scoreboard (see D&C 58:27). Likewise, real hope is
much more than wishful musing. It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine. Hope
is serene, not giddy, eager without being naive, and pleasantly steady without being
smug. Hope is realistic anticipation which takes the form of a determination—not
only to survive adversity but, moreover, to “endure … well” to the end (D&C 121:8).
“Real hope inspires quiet Christian service, not flashy public fanaticism. Finley Peter
Dunne impishly observed, “A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks the Lord
would do if He knew the facts” (quoted in The Third—and Possibly the Best—637
Best Things Anybody Ever Said, comp. Robert Byrne , no. 549).
The greatest source of hope is of course the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of all
things good and true. His love will always be available to us and that should give us
hope during times of trial.
Our Savior’s love shines like the sun with perfect light,
As from above it breaks through clouds of strife,
Lighting our way, it leads us back into his sight,
Where we may stay, to share eternal life.
The Spirit, voice of goodness, whispers in our hearts
A better choice than evil’s anguished cries.
Loud may the sound of hope ring till all doubt departs,
And we are bound to him by loving ties.
Our Father, God of all creation, hear us pray
In reverence, awed by thy Son’s sacrifice.
Praises we sing. We love thy law; we will obey.
Our heavenly King, in thee our hearts rejoice.
LDS Hymns – Our Savior’s Love – No. 113
I pray that all our hearts rejoice in this knowledge. He lives! He will return once
again to gather His children. Let us have a greater hope regardless of the things we
struggle with and He will deliver us and claim us as His own.
I love each one of you. I rejoice in your goodness and your dedication to His cause.